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In Texas, accounting is one of the fastest growing employment sectors, projected to increase by 24 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The profession employs nearly 225,000 individuals in positions as bookkeepers, accountants, auditors and accounting clerked in the state. The accounting industry employs more than 9 individuals per 1,000 jobs in the state -- evidence of the importance of the vocation not only to the financial services industry, but to the entire state. The job growth, employment rate and potential career earnings are three reasons why prospective students should be encouraged when considering enrolling in an accounting program in Texas.

Online Accounting Programs in Texas

Accounting is a broad field of study and doesn't only include the field of "accounting" as a program of study. In Texas, accounting programs provide students with an array of concentrations or specializations to pursue. In fact, prospective students can expand their scope of study to focus in areas such as finance, computer science, finance, or technology.

Below is a list of the number of Texas universities and colleges that offer degrees in accounting and accounting-related fields such as accounting and business management or accounting and finance, according to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

  • Certificate: 59
  • Associate's Degree: 60
  • Bachelor's Degree: 71
  • Graduate Degrees: 44

The most popular areas of study included accounting, accounting technology and accounting and business management. Below are two tables with 2013 NCES graduation data for Texas accounting schools:

Area of Study Degrees Conferred
Accounting 7,310
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 636
Accounting and Business/Management 246
Accounting and Finance 55
Accounting and Related Services, Other 27
Accounting and Computer Science 7

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

The bachelor's degree is the most commonly pursued accounting degree in Texas, with 47 percent more graduates than master's degree students in 2013. Coming in as a distant third is the associate degree in accounting.

Degree Level Degrees Conferred
Bachelor's degree 4,325
Master's degree 2,294
Associate's degree 664
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 609
Award of less than 1 academic year 369
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 10
Post-baccalaureate certificate 10

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

At the post-secondary level, the University of Texas is widely recognized as having the best accounting program in the country. In both 2013 and 2014, the university ranked #1 in every category in the Public Accounting Report's Annual Professors Survey -- topping the list for the best undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs in accounting. Joining the University of Texas is Texas A&M University, which was recognized for its undergraduate accounting programs (#7), master's (#7) and doctoral (#8).

Additionally, other accounting schools in Texas, including those at Texas Christian, University of Houston and University of Texas-Dallas were named to Bloomberg's list of top undergraduate accounting programs in the country in 2013. Based on the total number of accounting degree graduates, the University of Texas, the University of Houston and Texas A&M are the top universities in the state. Below is a list of the ten schools that conferred the most accounting degrees to graduates in 2013, according to the NCES.

Rank Institution Degrees
1 The University of Texas at Dallas 703
2 The University of Texas at Austin 609
3 University of Houston 489
4 Texas A&M University-College Station 438
5 Southern Methodist University 336
6 Texas Tech University 299
7 Texas State University 270
8 University of Houston-Downtown 261
9 The University of Texas at San Antonio 236
10 University of North Texas 218

Accounting Career Opportunities in Texas

Evidenced by the strong educational programs in the state, Texas is an accounting powerhouse. Each of the Big Four public accounting firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte have offices in Texas. Hubs like Dallas and Houston employ significant numbers of accountants. For example, the top ten employers of CPAs in Houston had nearly 2,200 accountants in 2014. The top ten, according to the Houston Business Journal, include the following:

  1. PwC: 469
  2. Deloitte: 480
  3. Ernst & Young: 431
  4. KPMG: 241
  5. UHY Advisors: 145
  6. Grant Thornton: 98
  7. Carr, Riggs, & Ingram: 90
  8. McGladrey LLP: 83
  9. Briggs & Veselka Co: 82
  10. BKD LLP: 75

Multiple potential career paths exist within accounting and related fields, such as public accounting, corporate accounting, financial analyst, bookkeeper, budget analyst, payroll clerk and more. 2014 salary data from the BLS reveals the earnings for accountants and auditors in Texas ranges from $38,760 to $117,630 and $20,610 to at least $54,240 for bookkeepers and accountant clerks. The table below has salary and employment data for Texas accounting professionals in 2013:

Occupation Total Employed Average Salary Projected Employment Growth
Accountants and Auditors 106,460 $75,210 24.1%
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks 123,600 $37,240 21.1%


Bureau of Labor Statistics, Missouri, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm

Projections Central, Texas, Projectioncentral.com

College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

Wolters Kluwe, Public Accounting Report, 2014, https://www.cob.unt.edu/acct/2014%20PAR%20Rankings.pdf

Bloomberg, Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Specialty, 2013, http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-06-24/the-best-undergraduate-business-schools-by-specialty-2013

Houston Business Journal, Largest Houston-Area Accounting Firms, http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/subscriber-only/2014/03/07/largest-houston-area-accounting-firms.html

Texas Accounting Schools